Discussion in 'Intros & Welcomes' started by Ally, Jun 14, 2015.

  1. Ally

    Ally Ultralighter

    Just a quick hello to all.

    Been lurking in the background and just reading and researching.

    Great site with lots of good tips and info a credit to the members.

    Was doing a bit of walking a few years back but suffered a bad knee injury;s that resulted in double surgery and a good 18 months of physio, still not 100% and never will be but getting better all the time.

    So aiming to get back into it slowly and hopefully reduce the load I used to carry to help. Done a few munro's well two so far and a good few trips around the Pentland hills as practice . Getting up is no issue just have to take it easy coming down.

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  2. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    Hi Ally - welcome to the forum
  3. Teepee

    Teepee Thru Hiker

    Hello and welcome out of lurkdom Ally. :)
  4. Ally

    Ally Ultralighter

    A good few posts to follow seeking advice I think :)
  5. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

  6. Tartanferret

    Tartanferret Thru Hiker

    Hello Ally and welcome to the forum :)
  7. MartinK9

    MartinK9 Section Hiker

    Hello and welcome to the forum :)
  8. higray

    higray Summit Camper

    Hi Ally, you're in the right place:)
  9. Lady Grey

    Lady Grey Thru Hiker

    "Hi" Ally.
  10. gixer

    gixer Thru Hiker

    Hi Ally and welcome to the forum
  11. craige

    craige Thru Hiker

    Hey and welcome :biggrin:

    Shame about your knee, I know all about knee injuries :banghead: what did you actually do to yourself?

    Pentlands?? You from the Edinburgh area then? I won't be too far away from you in Loanhead.:eeker:
  12. ADz

    ADz Thru Hiker

    Hi Ally, welcome to the forum :)
  13. Baldy

    Baldy Thru Hiker

    Morning :).
  14. Ally

    Ally Ultralighter

    Thanks for the warm welcome

    Craige - I suffered a bi lateral quad tendon rupture, two weeks in hospital, 3 months in bed with leg braces, a zimmer frame and then crutches 6 months off work and 18 months of physio.

    Basically just wear and tear of 20 years of rugby and heavy weight training, Ironically tore them while going for a run round Dalkieth country park and tripped going down hill.

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  15. craige

    craige Thru Hiker

    Ooft, that's not pretty and puts my acl and meniscus tears in both knees to shame!
    Well done on getting back to things you enjoy.
    Lightening your pack will definitely help with the strain on your knees :) Do you use hiking poles? I've found they definitely help me.
  16. paul

    paul Thru Hiker

    Ive always maintained exercise is really bad for you :)

    welcome to the forum Ally
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  17. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    Mmmmh - I'll raise you "a groin lymph node disection (twice) and then a fasciotomy".

    …………...No I'm not posting pics of my groin :p.
  18. kiltedpict

    kiltedpict Ultralighter

    Welcome Ally.

    Can't top any of that... have a wee blister on my little toe from the TGO challenge if that counts...
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  19. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

  20. Ally

    Ally Ultralighter

    Yip poles are superb, TBH when I first started back I very much doubt i would have be able to get down the hills with out them.

    Yip have torn the meniscus before as well, coupled with numerous gym injury's and tears over the years, just par for the course really.

    Picked up some nice carbon fiber, flip lock jobs from costco last week for only £ 23 and 150g each, nice handles too....thought that was pretty good.
  21. Hedley Heap

    Hedley Heap Section Hiker

    I saw those poles as well, what do you think of them?
  22. Ally

    Ally Ultralighter

    For the money I cant complain tbh, they are a good step up from my last set, lighter, better grips and straps and feel pretty sturdy. Come with snow baskets as well. The flip locks are definitely more easy to use with gloves than the twist locks.

    They have not had a proper thrashing to be fair but so good so far.
  23. Stuart

    Stuart Ultralighter

    Another ACL victim who swears by poles, especially going downhill (which I am rapidly!)

    I see you get a less impressive scar from the ACL op these days than the one I have from 18 years ago!
  24. craige

    craige Thru Hiker

    Good stuff. I end up running down steep hills, seems to put less stress on my knees...

    Really? I work in Costco and had seen those poles, picked them up and they felt really heavy compared to my fizans. The packaging must weigh a ton. Might have to buy a pair to try.
    Yeah, a couple of folk have said that. It's "partial keyhole" now, plus a couple of the small ones are from the menisectomy.

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